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ABA Approved Paralegal Education Programs


Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold
Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore
Harford Community College, Bel Air
Stevenson University (f/k/a Villa Julie College), Stevenson

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Anne Arundel Community College
Paralegal Studies Program
Legal Studies Institute
101 College Parkway, CRSC 232
Arnold, MD 21012
Interim Program Director: Peter M. Wirig, JD
Telephone: 410.777.7323
Fax: 410.777.1260

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: Cert-31 credit hrs, AAS-64 credit hrs
Internships: Elective
For more information: www.aacc.edu/legalstudies
Description: AACC's Paralegal Studies program awards an AAS Degree or Certificate. The AAS degree is a 64-credit program with Litigation, Business, and General Practice options. The Certificate is a 31-credit program with Litigation, Business, General Practice and Nurse Paralegal options. AACC's paralegal courses are taught by attorneys or judges who bring practical experience to the classroom. Additionally, students have access to the Maryland State Law Library, the Maryland Courts of Appeals and trial courts, and the Maryland Archives and the Maryland General Assembly. The heart of U.S. government, Washington D.C., is just one-half hour away.

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Community College of Baltimore County
Legal Studies Program
7200 Sollers Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21222
Department Chair and Paralegal Program Coordinator: Donna Mandl, Esq.
Telephone: 443.840.3477
Fax: 443.840.3440

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Associate of Applied Science, Post-Baccalaureate or Post-AAS Certificate
Minimum length of time to complete program: AAS-61 credit hours, Certificate-31 credit hours
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.ccbcmd.edu/soj/paralegal_options.html
Description: Our program provides students with the essential knowledge and skills to find employment as a paralegal. Graduates of this program will possess knowledge of jurisdictional issues; function of legislative, judicial and administrative bodies; structure of the court system; and the roles of attorneys and paralegals, as they pertain to the legal system. They will be knowledgeable in the following fields: estate administration, personal injury law, civil litigation, contract law, criminal law, and business organization. They will possess the advanced research and writing skills that apply to these fields. Classes are offered during the day and evening in classroom settings and in limited availability online.

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Harford Community College
Paralegal Program
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015-1698
Director: AnnMarie Profili
Telephone: 443.412.2214
Fax: 443-412-2265

Type of Institution: Public, 2 yr
Degrees Offered: Post-Baccalaureate or Post-AAS Certificate; Associate in Applied Science
Internships: Mandatory
For more information: www.harford.edu/Catalog/Current/legal2.pdf
Description: The Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies is a career program designed to prepare students for employment during or immediately after completing the course of study. Our program consists of 62-64 credits. All of the general education requirements can be met by taking online classes. Paralegal courses are offered in classroom setting in both the day and evening.

The Certificate in Paralegal Studies is designed to permit those students who desire to work in the legal field as paralegals, but who already have an Associates or baccalaureate degree, to earn a recognized credential that would enhance their ability to secure employment.

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Stevenson University (f/k/a Villa Julie College)
Legal Studies Program
100 Campus Circle
Owings Mills, MD 21117-7803
Telephone: 443.352.4072
Fax: 443.352.4190
Director: Hillary J. Michaud

Type of Institution: Private, 4 yr
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science, Second Bachelor of Science
Internships: Mandatory for traditional students (optional for accelerated students)
For more information: www.stevenson.edu
Description: Stevenson University is a private, four-year institution, offering programs that integrate career planning with a strong tradition of liberal arts and advanced technology. The Legal Studies curriculum combines law classes with liberal arts courses that emphasize practical paralegal skills, oral and written communication, critical thinking and technological skills. Classes are offered during the day and evening and in an accelerated format online. Many students find the Legal Studies program to be an excellent pre-law option.

Updated: 11/03/2015

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